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Local Syracuse Students Compete in Junior Achievement Workshop Sponsored by Carrier and United Technologies

May 27, 2015

Junior Achievement Workplace Skills Challenge was offered at Onondaga Community College.
Junior Achievement Workplace Skills Challenge was offered at Onondaga Community College.

High school students from the Syracuse City School District and Liverpool Central School District recently participated in a Junior Achievement Workplace Skills Challenge at Onondaga Community College.​

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York Board Member and Refrigeration Syracuse volunteer/employee Jason Garceau assists students from the Syracuse City and Liverpool School Districts with the Marshmallow Challenge at the annual JA You’re Hired Challenge Day!
Syracuse City and Liverpool School District students work on competing to build the tallest structure in the Marshmallow Challenge at the annual JA You’re Hired Challenge Day! Carrier Syracuse volunteers/employees Maria Campanello and Christine Merrick look on and advise as they work the competition.
The event, "JA You’re Hired!" sponsored by Carrier and United Technologies, challenged the students to put to the test the skills learned in the JA Career Success® in-class program held previously. Over a dozen Carrier employees volunteered their time in the classroom to provide activities designed to teach young people the importance of critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration in today’s 21st century workplace, and interacted with the students at the event as they participated in team building and networking challenges.
 

"JA You’re Hired!" was a great opportunity for students to practice interpersonal and communication skills as they interacted with business mentors from Carrier. In addition, student workshops presented opportunities to learn more about social media, personal finance and personal branding. These activities also allowed the students to demonstrate to possible future employers that they have what it takes to get and keep a job.

“Carrier employees truly enjoy the opportunity to share real-world experiences and inspire these students to succeed in the workforce,” said Lou Anne Mann, senior community affairs representative, Carrier. “Carrier and UTC have been longtime supporters of Junior Achievement’s dedication to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and experiential hands-on programs.”